Crime Prevention

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity thieves are opportunistic and prey on any source that might expose personal information. Identity theft occurs when someone's personal information is stolen and used for fraudulent purposes. To reduce the risk of becoming a victim, consider the following precautions:

  • Check Your Billing Statements: Regularly review your billing statements for any discrepancies or unauthorized charges.

  • Exercise Caution with Personal Information: Before disclosing personal information, ask questions and ensure you're dealing with a legitimate entity or individual.

  • Limit Wallet Contents: Carry only the essential items in your wallet or purse to minimize the loss if it's stolen.

  • Shop on Secured Websites: When making online purchases, ensure you're using secure websites with encryption to protect your payment details.

  • Secure Your Mail: Protect your physical mail by using secure mailboxes and promptly collecting your mail to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

If You Suspect Identity Theft:

If you believe you've fallen victim to identity theft or suspect it may have occurred, take immediate action:

  • Contact the Fraud Departments of Major Credit Bureaus:
    Equifax: 1-800-685-1111
    Experian: 1-800-397-3742
    TransUnion: 1-800-916-8800
  • File a Police Report: Report the incident to your local police or sheriff's department. If you believe the crime occurred in another town or city, report it there as well.

  • Monitor Your Credit Report: Regularly monitor your credit report for any suspicious or unauthorized activities.

By staying vigilant and taking these precautions, you can reduce the risk of identity theft and protect your personal information.


Operation ID

Operation Identification is a nationwide crime prevention program dedicated to the protection of your property. It is built on the principle that to deter crime, we must address the elements of the crime triangle. Operation ID aims to make your property less attractive to potential criminals by marking your valuables in a way that allows for easy identification. This not only increases the likelihood of apprehending thieves with stolen goods but also encourages criminals to look elsewhere for their unlawful activities. In the unfortunate event of theft, the identification provided by Operation ID assists in successful prosecution and the return of your property.

The Stages of Operation Identification

1. Engrave Your Property

Engraving your valuables with your driver's license number serves a vital purpose. It enables law enforcement agencies to identify you as the rightful owner of the property. Moreover, it acts as a deterrent to thieves, as stolen items are more easily recognizable if they are apprehended. Even if your items already have serial numbers, engraving your driver's license number simplifies the process of establishing ownership.

2. Keep a Record of Your Valuables

Creating a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions is a critical step. Make multiple copies of this list and store them in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer, or cabinet. Include a thorough description of each item, encompassing attributes like color, make, model, year of manufacture, and any other distinctive features, including engravings.

Your list should encompass a wide range of items, including personal electronics like walkmans, CD players, stereos, computers (both desktop and laptop), printers, peripherals, telephones, televisions, radios, and various other belongings. Most electronic equipment already features serial numbers, but items lacking clear identifiers can be engraved. For additional information, don't hesitate to contact a Public Safety Officer. Additionally, it's important to maintain records for your bicycle and vehicle, as many insurance policies include details like the vehicle's identification number, license plate, and other relevant information.

3. Report Stolen Items to Public Safety

In the unfortunate event of a theft, prompt reporting to Public Safety at 803-534-2812 is essential. Reporting your loss greatly facilitates the recovery process.

By participating in Operation ID, you take proactive steps to protect your belongings and enhance the chances of recovering stolen property. This program empowers you to safeguard your assets and contribute to the prevention of crime within our community.

Street Crime Prevention

Street crime can affect anyone, with over six million people falling victim to it each year. Chances are, you or someone you know has been affected. Street Crime Prevention offers valuable suggestions on how to stay safe while out and about. For more information and assistance, feel free to contact the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety's Crime Prevention Unit at 803-533-6033. Here are some practical tips to enhance your street safety:

  • Avoid Walking Alone: Whenever possible, avoid walking alone, especially at night. It's safer to have a companion.

  • Walk Confidently: Walk with confidence, maintain a direct and steady pace, and project an assertive demeanor.

  • Choose Well-Lit Routes: Opt for well-traveled streets with proper lighting. Avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.

  • Clothing and Footwear: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that allow for easy movement and mobility.

  • Secure Personal Items: Carry your purse close to your body, avoiding it from dangling by the straps. Keep your wallet in an inside coat or front pocket, not in a back pocket where it can be easily accessed.

  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings: If you suspect someone is following you, take proactive steps. Change your direction, cross the street, and head towards well-lit, populated areas, such as stores, restaurants, or houses. If you feel threatened, don't hesitate to raise your voice and seek help by yelling.

  • Caution When Giving Directions: Exercise caution when providing directions to pedestrians or motorists. Maintain a safe distance to avoid getting too close to strangers, preventing any potential risk of being grabbed or coerced into a vehicle.

By following these safety recommendations, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to street crime and ensure a safer environment for yourself and others.

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1320 Middleton Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 531-4654

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